Brexit - The Prime Minister's deal, and what it means.

Update - you might be interested in the following view from a Member of the House of Lords, the Most Reverend John Sentamu, who is intending to vote for the Prime Minister's deal:


29 November -

After much difficulty and negotiation the Prime Minister has secured a deal on leaving the EU to put to Parliament.

I believe the Prime Minister has done an extraordinary job. She has sought to deliver on Brexit itself, respecting the vote, triggering Article 50, and negotiating for the last couple of years. The deal she and the EU has agreed cannot possibly satisfy the demands of all with an interest in the subject. Such a deal is not possible. It could never be one sided. The U.K. is leaving a club with rules. The rules are vital to the remaining members of the EU, who see them as fundamental to its existence. So any deal had to understand and respect that. A deal to leave the the EU would never, in the first instance, leave the U.K. as economically well placed as being in the EU, because we have chosen to leave the single market and customs union. There is a cost to leaving the EU, which the decision means.

In contrast the deal delivers for Britain and its voters the essence of what Brexit appears to have been about. There is an end to free movement, and thus control of our borders, we no longer pay into the EU, we leave the Common Agriculture and Fisheries policy, it protects the rights of all our citizens in the EU, and those from the EU living here, and ensures that on March 30 next year the goods we rely on for ‘just in time manufacturing’ will continue to cross borders without hindrance, a huge issue for our businesses and employment.

Accordingly I intend to vote for what the Prime Minister has agreed, and is currently promoting. While I know that some disagree, from both sides of the argument, I still take the position I gave the House of Commons shortly after the Referendum, that only an agreement to leave has the chance to unite a divided country. It delivers the vote, which should please those who wanted to leave, and keeps a good relationship with the EU, which I hope pleases those who wanted to remain. It thus gives a chance of a new future for the U.K. and the EU, ending the relentless questions of our position upon it, which has dogged the country and the Conservative Party during my whole lifetime in it.

As the Prime Minister says, this is the one chance we have to move on. The Referendum did not settle the issue. It can never be settled when there is still an open argument as to what to do. Sooner or later we have to take a decision and make something work. A ‘no deal’ situation would be catastrophic, and I will do all I can to prevent such an outcome.

Over the past few days and until the vote on December 11th, Theresa May is taking the deal around the country. Increasingly she is winning support outside Parliament. Please continue to contact me with your views and opinions as we head to this vote, as I have benefitted from such views ever since the Referendum. I cannot promise to deliver to every constituent exactly what they ask, as your opinions are as divided as any others. But I do promise to make sure, through all possible media, that you know what I think, and what I intend to do.